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A Man Thought He Lost Everything In The California Wildfires. Then Deputies Found His Cat.

Milo the cat was reunited with his owner after being found slightly singed and meowing underneath a car.

Posted on October 13, 2017, at 11:39 p.m. ET

A California man who lost everything after a wildfire tore through his neighborhood was reunited with his cat Thursday thanks to social media and the work of sheriff's deputies.

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Ed Ratliff, 68, had been looking for his cat Milo since his Santa Rosa home was destroyed in the early hours of Monday.


In the chaos of a quick evacuation, Milo ran off. Ratliff had to go.

"We had about 30 seconds to get out of the house from when we found out at 2 in the morning," he told Fox 40 . "All I got was my car."

Days later, Sonoma Sheriff's deputies were patrolling in the area of Ratliff's home when they heard meowing.

Sonoma Sheriff

The sheriff's department posted a video showing a deputy coaxing the cat from under a car to safety.

"Law enforcement proudly serving their community in times of crisis has been amazing," the sheriff's department wrote along with the video.

At first, Milo was pretty suspicious.

Sonoma Sheriff

After all, he was bleeding and had suffered burns to his paws.

But some patience — and a treat — finally convinced him to come out.

Sonoma Sheriff

He allowed deputies to put a leash on him and take him to Sonoma County Animal Services — who posted a photo which was then seen by Ratliff's relatives in Southern California.

Sonoma Sheriff

Ratliff was reunited with Milo — the only piece of his old life that survived the fire.


Ratliff told Fox 40 that he's thrilled to have Milo back — who's not like other cats.

Sonoma Sheriff

Milo comes when he's called, Ratliff told Fox 40.

"He's like a dog," Ratliff said. "I'm not a cat person, he's like a dog."

A BuzzFeed News investigation, in partnership with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, based on thousands of documents the government didn't want you to see.